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Do you remember the being a kid when you heard the ice cream truck drive through your neighborhood? You would beg and plead for a firecracker popsicle or fudgescicle?
In my neighborhood, there is no ice cream truck–there is a Kona Ice Truck. Every time I hear the blast of tropical music, I know I am in trouble. My kids will beg and plead for a brightly colored treat that will leave my wallet empty and their bodies full of sugar! And I have to say no, a lot. This guy makes an appearance several times a week.
An icy treat sounds like a fabulous way to cool down in the summer months. But the sugar crash does not sound like as much fun. So I have created a fabulous alternative with Fresh Florida produce–Watermelon Granita with Mint Lime Sugar.
Summer means great produce from Florida–think watermelons, corn, tomatoes, and blueberries.
Summer also means HEAT, especially here in the south. While that heat helps to produce some of my favorite produce, it also means I hate to heat up the house to cook and am always looking for ways to cool down. My ultimate summer meal would be a simple BLT with fresh summer tomatoes, a side of sweet Florida corn and this Watermelon Granita for dessert. This meal features healthy, wholesome produce straight from Florida. It is simple and fresh–which is guaranteed to create a fabulous meal.
Trust me, this Watermelon Granita could not be simpler.
First, you blend up fresh chunks of watermelon with fresh lime juice and a bit of honey or maple syrup. Then strain into a shallow pan that is freezer safe.
Cover and transfer the mixture to the freezer for 2-3 hours.
Remove from freezer, and using a fork, scrape the mixture. Once you get to the less frozen parts, stop scraping and return to the freezer for at least 2 more hours. And repeat. You can repeat this 3 times or you can wait until frozen solid to do any scraping–but that is much more of a workout than just scraping every hour or so.
Guess what? This will stay in this beautiful icy consistency as long as you like in the freezer–no need to rush and eat all at once. However, it is so good, you may not be able to stop yourself.
You can serve this watermelon granita up just like this. But if you want to make the adults as happy as they were when the ice cream truck came around when they were kids, you want to make the mint lime sugar to top the granita with. It puts this dish over the top!
It is simply fresh lime zest, fresh mint minced up and tossed with sugar and a dash of salt. Oh my word!! So simple, yet so good!
Watermelon Granita with Mint Lime Sugar
Fresh watermelon is blended up with tart lime juice and then frozen to be served as a granita. Finished with mint lime sugar.
- 4 cups Seedless Watermelon Cut Into Chunks
- 2 whole Limes juiced and zested
- 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- 8 fresh mint leaves
- 1 tablespoons sugar
- dash sea salt
Place watermelon, lime juice and honey in blender and blend well.
Strain into 9x9 freezer safe container.
Freeze for two or three hours, then begin the process of lightly scraping the top, frozen layer. Return pan to freezer with the shaved ice on top; remove a couple of hours later and continue scraping. Repeat the occasional scraping process until the entire mixture is shaved.
For the Mint Lime Sugar:
Mince the lime zest and mint leaves very finely. Toss with the sugar and a dash of salt.
To serve: Scoop out granita into serving dish and sprinkle with a teaspoon of Mint Lime Sugar.
Be sure to use maple syrup and omit serving with mint lime sugar to keep these granitas a paleo snack.
By using maple syrup in place of honey, this also becomes a vegan dessert.
Bottom line, head to your local market and pick up some fresh Florida produce. You won’t be disappointed.
And for more great recipes and tips for working with Florida produce, check out Fresh From Florida Website: http://www.freshfromflorida.com